As we come down the stretch of the longest, shortened NBA regular season that I can ever remember, I find myself sitting here asking myself: "what now?"
The Wizards are going to finish with one of the three worst records in the NBA, there's nothing to play for, and for the most part, every single positive and negative thing about this team has been written about already. I'm trying a different approach today.
Today, it's MY DAY.
It's very well documented as to what I do when I'm not writing about the Wizards. Believe it or not, my full time job is not to make fun of Abdullah Sharif all day on Facebook (SHOCKER). Instead, I listen to white girl Suzy singing "Levels" in my left ear and find ways to make Jim Jones more relevant in today's society.
I guess that's what happens when you're a full time open format DJ.
Don't get me wrong, the job has its perks. Being able to control a packed room as the conductor for everyone's happiness, making people jump and down and finding new ways to resurrect old songs and combine them with relevant music.
Speaking of perks, did I mention white girl Suzy was hot?
Today, as a Wizards Extreme writer, I felt like a DJ playing for a lame crowd. I feel like there's nothing that I can do, say, mix, and scratch that would make the people react to anything. This team is 31 games under .500, there's not one meaningful game left in the schedule and hasn't been for three months, and every single topic has been exhausted to the MAX…especially by me.
It's almost as if the crowd that's at the club is not there to listen to the music, but rather check out the surrounding. Every DJ has nights like that. But the one thing I can say about nights like that, is that they are usually followed up with a night that's the total opposite. Anything and everything you play gets the best reaction.
So what's left to say? Is there anything left to say? Have the Wizards done enough on and off the court that allows us to be able to go in to next year with a better understanding of where this team is? Are we convinced that we've found a heavy dose of role players to surround John Wall as we approach this very important free agency period? Are you guys convinced as much as I am that Kevin Seraphin can now be a very serviceable player coming off the bench on a potentially good team? Are we confident that this organization has done enough to make sure that John Wall wants to stay here after his rookie contract is up? None of these rhetorical questions are something that have a definitive answer, but what I do know is, this team needs to hurry up before they lose the little fan base that they already have.
It's no secret that the Redskins are the kings of the city. The Caps come in at a solid 2 spot, and now with the success of the Nationals, they're looking to overtake the Wizards in popularity. They've already overtaken them as far as positioning in the local paper. I understand just as well as the next person that this takes time, but unfortunately, time is not something that this team has.
It's not even the Wizards' fault. The timing is horribly off. With the Redskins on the verge of drafting their future franchise quarterback (RG3 BABY), with the Nationals riding the arm of Stephen Strasburg and the Capitals emerging as a cup contender every year, all of a sudden the Wizards find themselves on the outside looking in. We all want John Wall to be the face of this team and lead us to the promise land, but the truth is, we don't even know if this team is committed to John Wall past next season and vice versa.
I feel as though there is a serious disconnect between the front office and the fan base and the evidence is in the attendance at Verizon Center. To put it kindly, it's the worst sports game day experience. I've seen more intense fans at Washington Warthogs indoor soccer games than I have at a Wizards game. When your fans leave the game with less than 2 minutes left and your team down by 4 points, there is a disconnect. When there are more Bobcat fans at Verizon Center than Wizards fans, there's a serious disconnect. The poor guys, I feel like they've played every single game on the road this year. It's hard to watch and even more embarrassing to see in person.
However, like I said earlier, bad nights at work are usually followed by great nights and the great nights usually outshine the bad ones. I've seen some guys step up and show character as this tough season has moved along. Jordan Crawford and Kevin Seraphin have especially showed me a lot. Combine that new found scoring touch from those two guys, and add it with Trevor Booker's energy and a couple new pieces to the puzzle and I think this team can compete. I may be overly optimistic but what else do I have to look forward to?
We all need some hope and here's to a Wizards playoff run next season!